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From "Dmitri Plotnikov" <>
Subject Re: [JXPath] indexing List properties for xpath
Date Mon, 14 Jun 2004 13:28:42 GMT

A possible solution might be to use the KeyManager interface.


Then you can use the key(keyName,keyValue)

Let me know if this helps.

- Dmitri

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andy Depue" <>
To: "Jakarta Commons Users List" <>
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2004 4:17 PM
Subject: [JXPath] indexing List properties for xpath

> I have an object model that contains several very large List properties,
> as:
>   public List getRelations();
> The List could contain thousands of elements.  I am able to query such
> properties using JXPath:
>   relations[entity/id=12]
> However, since the List can be extremely large, and since the object model
> doesn't give me much freedom to change it (such as replacing the List with
> Map), searching the enter List can be very slow and I'm seeing it impact
> performance.  I would like to somehow index the property, much like you
> index a table in a DB.  I'm thinking of creating an indexing interface for
> project, something I could use like so:
>   indexor.indexProperty(contextObject, "relations", "entity/id");
> Which would index all elements in the "relations" List property on their
> "entity/id" property.  Thus, whenever an XPath filters a node selection
> on the entity/id property, it would pick up and use the index instead of
> scanning the entire List (much like a DB).  Before I plunge into JXPath
> source code, I thought it might be worth asking if anyone who is familiar
> with JXPath could recommend the best way to modify/extend JXPath in order
> implement this indexing scheme for my project?
> Thanks,
>   Andy
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